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Rapid staff turnover suggests unrest around Eddie Jones’ England | Robert Kitson

Paul Gustard’s departure little more than a year before the World Cup illustrates that all is not well at Twickenham

At first glance the story sounds entirely straightforward: England defence coach takes new job at Harlequins. Paul Gustard is perfectly entitled to seek work wherever he wishes and moving to Quins allows him to be the boss rather than a mere assistant. Nothing to see here has been the message from the Rugby Football Union, Gustard’s present employers.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will already have spotted the nagging flaw in this supposedly mundane piece of employment news. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story Silver Blaze it is the dog’s curious failure to bark in the night-time that ultimately solves the mystery.

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